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  Heads or Tails:

The name of this game conjures up images of coin tosses, or perhaps the final shot of the film adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel Travels With My Aunt. Actually, the online gambling version of Heads or Tails is based on the toss of one or two virtual coins. Players also have the option of betting on the results of one toss, two tosses, or three tosses. Usually, one downloads the software from a gaming website. Prospective users are advised to check if the software is compatible with their system. Windows users are more likely to find a game that will suit their systems without any need for adjustment.

Rules

The mechanics of this game are rather simple. Once you have downloaded the software and opened the gaming screen, you then specify your wager. Most gaming interfaces for this game are rather user-friendly, and you can easily specify your bet with a few clicks of your mouse. Then the coins are tossed—virtually, of course, since you will only be seeing pictures of coins being tossed—and you will find out if you won or lost your bet. Each round of coin tossing is an independent event, meaning that the fact that your current coin toss resulted in heads will have no impact on the outcome of the next coin toss.

Bets

Given the simplicity of such a game, it is to be expected that betting options are rather limited. A player can only choose one of two sides, instead of one out of 36 numbers, as in roulette. Basically, you choose a side (heads or tails), the number of coins to be tossed (one or two), the number of flips (one, two or three), and the amount of money you will bet. If you are playing two coins, you can bet on three possible results per toss: two heads, two tails, or one head and one tail each. If you choose the third option, it does not matter which coin is heads and which coin is tails. That is all. In addition, most versions of this game do not come with a jackpot.

On the other hand, the payouts on results vary widely. Winning on a more conservative bet—a single coin tossed only once—will yield a payout twice the amount of your original bet. If you want a chance to earn a little more money, say, four times your original bet, try betting on the outcome of a single coin tossed twice, or try betting that you will get one head and one tail each, twice, when two coins are tossed twice. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the much more daring bet of getting two heads (or two tails, whichever you prefer), three times, with two coins tossed thrice. You get a payout that is sixty times your original bet.

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Strategies

The strategy you will end up adopting depends on your goal. If you are out to win some money, but do not mind being conservative with your bets, stick to betting on single coin tosses. The payout on these bets may not be very big, and you will lose money on many of the rounds, but this type of conservative, long-term play probably gives the best chances of winning at least a little money.

Then again, some players might find such an approach boring. They may want the excitement of huge jackpots that suddenly bring in a huge amount of money out of the blue. In that case, they probably want to go for the huge winnings that come from betting on two or three coin tosses.

Of course, the more tosses you try to guess about, the more unlikely it is you will win. Remember, you are betting on the fact that you will guess all three correctly, and most likely in order, depending on the rules of the software used by the site where you do your gambling. Betting on the result of three tosses will, therefore, yield the highest payout if you do win.

The latter strategy, in particular, can be a very strong spur to spend more than is intended. Some players who adopt that strategy will always be wondering if they could have ended up with big winnings if they had just stuck with the game a little bit longer. There is always the temptation to toss the coins one more time. Then again, Lady Luck is hardly known for playing fair. It is possible for a person to keep playing again and again faithfully, losing money for hours and never winning once, while another person plays only two rounds and leaves with a huge pile of winnings.

Even so, whatever strategy you choose, remember that you are responsible only to yourself, and that you never have to justify your choices to anyone—assuming you are making said choices legally, of course. In the end, it is your pocketbook alone that will benefit or suffer.

Playing Experience

It must be stated that the playing experience with this game can be rather fun at the start. The bets are refreshingly simple, as are the general mechanics. The fact that software was based on something as low-tech and simple as coin-tossing is also rather amusing and entertaining.

Unfortunately, these very qualities can cause the game experience to begin to pall after a while. The simplicity of the way the game works can make it rather boring and redundant after several repetitions. Furthermore, watching virtual coins get tossed can be far less engaging than tossing some real coins. Then again, simply tossing real coins with a friend is unlikely to win you a lot of cash, unless the two of you happen to have a great deal of money to gamble. For financial reasons, it is better to play this game with an online casino, which can at least give you good payouts if you win.

This game is interesting because it combines the rather low-tech, simple game of coin tossing with online software and the prospect of winning money from an online gambling establishment. If such a combination appeals to you, and you enjoy games of chance in general, definitely give Heads or Tails a spin.

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